Watersnake ID request

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KSherp
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Location: Sumner Co, KS

Watersnake ID request

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Hello everyone, I was wondering if you could help me identify this interesting-looking Nerodia I saw last summer In south-central Kansas.

Location: Sumner County (just outside of Belle Plaine)

Habitat: Marshy ditch next to a hedgerow

Thanks in advance!
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Jeff
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Re: Watersnake ID request

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Plain-bellied Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster. The pale streak atop the crown and darkish bar extending back behind the eye differentiates it from the Common Water Snake, N. sipedon.

You are welcome, and thanks for checking!

Jeff

KSherp
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Re: Watersnake ID request

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Jeff wrote:
April 20th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Plain-bellied Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster. The pale streak atop the crown and darkish bar extending back behind the eye differentiates it from the Common Water Snake, N. sipedon.

You are welcome, and thanks for checking!

Jeff
Thank you so much! I was thinking Plain-bellied at first, but this individual was unlike any I had ever seen. We had several that looked like this. I guess it just goes to show how much interspecies variation there can be!

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